There was a time when there were only two options for computer operating system – Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac. Both were (and still are) proprietary systems, making us pay for their use regularly in various forms and ways. Then came Linux, an open source OS platform that not only provides the software for free, but also allows us to modify the code and distribute it freely. With its advancement, Linux has changed the scenario completely, and now Ubuntu is running on 40% of the developers’ machines. Apache server too has broken into the market where Microsoft Server OS and IIS were the authority. All this has fuelled the popularity of open source software and the developers are readily adapting to these software today.
Open source software comes with general public licenses which are generally free and their source code is available for further customization and distribution. This saves the time of developers in building the complete systems from scratch or going into the murky waters of commercially available licensed software. Additionally, open source technologies have huge communities to help you out any time, which is all free of any charges. All these factors remove the hurdles faced during development and yield quick results.